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Counsellor Bank Opportunities

Job Description:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Core: provide one-to-one counselling to students and staff in line with the systems, procedures and ethos of the Counselling Service, particularly brief work (including single sessions and one-plus-one contracts, as well as some mid-to-longer term work)
  • Liaise with team members across the Counselling Service, Wellbeing Support Services and other University staff as appropriate
  • Keep appropriate records of counselling sessions
  • Attend in-house clinical supervision sessions
  • Manage own (on-line) diary
  • Contact students/departments in writing (e-mail) as appropriate
  • Keep abreast of team business and service developments

Person Specification Requirements for the role:

  • Ongoing accreditation with BACP (or equivalent)
  • Professional level counselling or psychotherapy qualification in any modality to diploma/foundation degree or masters level, or equivalent
  • Substantial post qualification experience of professional counselling delivery in practice
  • Experience of creatively adapting a core theoretical model to a brief, focussed approach (often therapy may be carried out in 1-3 sessions, as fitting to the context)
  • Capacity to work with confidence, competence and creative dynamism responding to client need across a diverse range
  • Excellent personal administrative management skills particularly the ability to work well under pressure, to manage workload and to be pragmatic and flexible as required
  • Good communication skills as appropriate for different levels throughout the institution
  • Confident and experienced IT user
  • Must be an excellent team player with a pragmatic, emotionally intelligent ‘can do’ approach
  • Experience of working with the psychosocial stages of university students with a knowledge and understanding of the workings of a counselling service within a university - this is desirable but not essential

Rate of Pay: Bank Cousellors will be paid on a sessional rate of £26 per hour, which is the hourly rate at the top spinal point of the salary scale FA7 (core university counsellor's grade) (ie 6x6 hours). You will be paid via the University variable monthly (VAM ) payroll system. Pay would be honoured for any 'no show' appointments, but the time would be expected to be used with other counselling service tasks as appropriate.

Bank Counsellor Process: successful candidates' details will be held on file and bank counsellors will be contacted as and when required. Bank counsellors may be expected to be available at short notice on occasion, but if you are not available, we will still hold you on file and contact you as need arises. Blocks of bank work may be between 4 and 8 weeks, depending on the time of the academic year and the funding available. A full induction will be given.

Work Pattern: Bank counsellors tend to work for one (or occasionally two) days per week, as demand requires. Bank counsellors are expected to book 6 client sessions per full day. Occasionally half days may be appropriate, for instance towards the end of a block of bank work. Supervision will be in-house, approximately every 3 to 4 weeks. Experience informs us that space for the minimal administrative tasks required will emerge through a proportion of appointments not attended. If this is not the case, separate (paid) arrangements can be made.

Accreditation: To be eligible to apply for the Counsellor Bank, it is imperative that you are accredited with BACP (or equivalent). It is your responsibility to ensure your accredited status with your professional body is kept up to date, including adequate and appropriate supervision. If you can provide evidence that you have submitted your accreditation are are awaiting the outcome, your application will be considered. Those who are eligible for accreditation but who have not yet submitted will not be shortlisted.

Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick (NB the Counselling Service may be moving to a different university location in the foreseeable future)

Job Details:

Overview: You will be professionally trained and accredited (through BACP or equivalent) and experienced in working with predominantly short term counselling interventions and will appreciate the benefits of this brief work in the Higher Education context.

You will be a team player with a pragmatic, positive, ‘can-do’ approach. You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and administrative skills and an ability to manage your own workload to meet the needs of the service.

Job Purpose: To provide individual, face-to-face counselling to students and staff offering predominantly brief counselling.

Context: The Counselling Service is an integral part of the University's Wellbeing Support Services, a comprehensive welfare system to support students and staff at the university. The Counselling Service continues to hold BACP Accredited Service, originally awarded May 2009.

Team: The Counselling Service consists of 8 (mostly 0.75 posts) core accredited counselling staff including a Deputy Head of Service, plus a full time Head of Service and two Administrators (1.65 FTE). The team normally includes a trainee counsellor and clinical psychology doctorate student as part of the commitment to contribute to the field of professional training. The Counselling Service also engages Associate Counsellors who are qualified and working towards accreditation.

Service Delivery: As well as individual face-to-face intervention, the Counselling Service offers email counselling, group therapy, issue-based workshops and themed groups as well as a range of self-help resources. All team members are committed to delivering brief therapy where appropriate although there is scope to engage in some medium-term therapy work. The service works to a model of service delivery where no clients are pre-assessed. Counselling staff are core-trained in various theoretical orientations including person-centred, intergrative and cognitive behavioural therapy; all work predominantly generically. Core staff supervise bank counsellors (and associates/trainees).

If you are a qualified, accredited counsellor with counselling experience, preferrably in the HE sector, you may be interested in applying.

For more details, or an informal discussion about the Counsellor Bank, please call Samantha Tarren 02476 523761.





Personal Reflections of a Bank Counsellor

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